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Laura Smalls, Fashion Designer, Becomes Star After Michelle Obama's DNC Dress Debut

12/03/2012 03:27 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2013

It was Thursday, September 6, 2012 when Laura Smalls received a voicemail from her mother that would ultimately have fashionistas and fashion bloggers alike frenziedly Googling her name.

"I think Michelle Obama has your dress on!" her mother reportedly gushed, having spotted the FLOTUS in a full-skirted, printed aubergine dress with a bateau neckline as she watched the closing night of the Democratic National Convention.

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